Student nurse Sabrina Santiago barrelled into Port Charles General Hospital, a mess of hair, thick-rimmed glasses and nervous energy. However, at the recent Nurses Ball, this quirky duckling transformed into quite the magnificent swan, securing Dr. Patrick Drake's (Jason Thompson) heart in the process!
Being gorgeous both inside and out is a trait the new R.N. shares with her portrayer Teresa Castillo. I had the pleasure of chatting up the break-out star at the Paley Center's recent celebration of General Hospital's 50th Anniversary. Castillo shares how much she is enjoying her time in Port Chuck, the friendships she's developed, and dished on what she and best pal Felix (Marc Samuel) will be up to in their battle against Dr. Britch (Kelly Thiebaud).
Daytime Confidential: This all has to be pretty exciting for you?
Teresa Castillo: I feel like I’m dreaming right now.
DC: General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary, all of this and this is your first role on a soap opera, right?
TC: It is, it is! I had seen soaps before, but I had no idea what I was getting into with the shooting schedule. It’s challenging, a little bit, to get the hang of it, the flow of it all, but I feel like I finally settled in.
DC: Well you’re not just settled in, you’re in a great love triangle! Pretty great for your first soap role?
TC: I’m having a blast; I really am.
DC: It’s wonderful when you love what you’re doing. It shows on screen with you.
TC: Thank you, you couldn’t ask for anything more, right? To be able to do what you love for a living and have other people enjoy it as well. It’s just so fulfilling and I’m so thankful.
DC: Sabrina wasn’t the role you originally auditioned for, was it?
TC: No. Actually, about a year and a half ago I went in for the role of Deloris Pedilla. The way I was brought in, was that Mark Teschner had seen me in an episode of Franklin & Bash and said, "That girl, bring her in." I wasn’t right for it, clearly. He ended up bringing me back in several months later to read for this role. I believe her name was Aria. I don’t think they give out the real names.
DC: They may have stolen that from Pretty Little Liars.
TC: Is there an Aria? I like that name! I could do that! But, from there the audition process took about four to five months and then it was pretty quick once I tested.
DC: Sabrina, Felix and Elizabeth are my new favorite trio.
TC: Thank you! We have a lot of fun together off-set too. I feel that relationship really comes thorough.
DC: You have to tell us how it is to work with Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma).
TC: I’m just melting. She’s adorable, talented and so smart.
DC: The Nurses Ball just wrapped up. Britt announces she’s pregnant with Patrick’s baby. What’s next for all of you?
TC: Felix and I are in the process of trying to prove that this baby is not really Patrick’s. So, we’ll see if that works out. We suspect that it might not be his.
DC: I think you might be right.